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February 5, 2014

In Your Opinion: Tea Party would take us back to Wild West

This is not about H.G. Wells or “Back to the Future,” this is about the Republicans successfully returning us to the 1920s, the days of the “Robber Barons” and dirty politics.

In 1920, the FBI overreacted to Communism, the Secretary of the Treasury lowered the top income tax rate of the wealthiest from 75 percent to 25 percent and the stock market boomed, but only 1 percent of the people owned all the stock.

For rural America, the Great Depression started in 1920. The present looks just like the 1920s and probably will produce the same results. 

The Tea Party is hard at work taking us back to the 1800s. The West was expanding dramatically and the term “The Wild West” was accurate. The gun was law, and “justice” was swift and final. When real law came to some towns and cities, it was in many ways ignored for friends and family. There were some towns where travelers were required to check their weapons with the sheriff’s office to be returned when they left town. Things would not even be that good if the NRA and the Tea Party get their way.

Just about every sheriff in New York state has declared they will not conform to the SAFE Act. Business is booming for the gun shops and I’m sure there are people buying guns and ammo who never thought they would, probably just because they think they’ll have to defend themselves from their heavily armed neighbors. It seems to me that people are reading a lot into an amendment that advocates a “well regulated militia” … a far cry from just owning a lot of guns. It reminds me of a line from a bad, old cowboy movie, “Regulations? we don’t need no stinking regulations.”

Richard Stinson

South Kortright

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